White-marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Lymantriidae
Genus: Orgyia
Species: leucostigma

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Jacksonville, Florida
Webster, Florida
Yale, Iowa
Georgetown, Kentucky
Beltsville, Maryland
Laurel, Maryland
Oakland, Maryland
Belleville, Michigan
Marietta, Mississippi
Glouster, Ohio
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Beaumont, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
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Members' Notes:

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Negative

On Feb 3, 2007, DiOhio from Corning, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Host Plants: Larva feeds on over 140 known hosts, including alder, apple, balsam, fir, birches, larch and sumac.

>>>>It's sometimes a pest on Christmas tree plantations northward.

Negative

On May 13, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Found it munching on my young apple tree.

Positive

On Jul 17, 2010, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Found it dining on my Weeping Larch, but also found it being parasitized by beneficial wasps.

Let the cycle continue...

Positive

On Jun 22, 2015, Chillybean from Near Central, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

A pretty, native to US caterpillar, though I have to admit, the adult looks rather dull. The tree where this was found is large, so if there is any damage it will be minimal. We are enjoying learning about the cool native bugs on our property, so I am glad we now know this "fellow".

Look, but don't touch, as it can cause an allergic reaction.